Alumni, Retirees, Visiting Scholars & Community

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Visiting Scholars

The library is happy to welcome visiting scholars and researchers. Please contact the University Librarian to discuss your research needs, so that we can tailor access to support you.

Alumni & Retired Faculty/Staff

We are pleased to provide our IWU alumni, retired faculty, and retired staff with a variety of library services. You may request an IWU library courtesy card that allows for borrowing privileges (see below for loan periods), guest access to our computers, and receive professional assistance from our liaison librarians. To take advantage of these services, please stop at the Library Service Desk.

Due to licensing restrictions, alumni, retired faculty, and retired staff may not access our licensed electronic databases from off campus. There are a growing number of openly accessible scholarly resources that are available to researchers, and library staff will be glad to assist our alumni in their discovery and use.

Interlibrary loan privileges are only available to current IWU students, faculty, staff, and emeriti faculty. This service can be provided by your local public library.

Borrowing Privileges

Books, CDs, DVDs, and Scores
4 weeks
Journals
1 day

Emeriti Faculty

Emeriti faculty may also request a courtesy card which allows them to use I-Share, ILLiad, and provides extended borrowing privlieges. 

Due to licensing restrictions, emeriti faculty may not access our licensed electronic databases from off campus. There are a growing number of openly accessible scholarly resources that are available to researchers, and library staff will be glad to assist you in their discovery and use.

Borrowing Privileges

Books, CDs, DVDS, and Scores
16 weeks with 3 renewals
Journals
5 days with 1 renewal

Community Members

Borrowing Privileges - Residents within a 30 mile radius of IWU

Members of the general public may request an IWU library courtesy card, if they present a current adult public library card from any RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System) library within a 30 mile radius of IWU and a valid driver’s license or state ID.

Borrowing privileges granted with this card are only applicable at The Ames Library. Card renewals will be granted, if individual requests the renewal personally and is in good standing at The Ames Library.

Community members do not have Interlibrary loan privileges or access to public computers. These services can be provided by your local public library.

Borrowing Privileges

Books, CDs, DVDS, and Scores
4 weeks
Journals
1 Day

 If you have questions about these policies and your individual situation, please contact the Library Service Desk at (309) 556-3350.